How To Trim the Fat in Your Overland Setup
One of our first principles at Sidetrek is a lean ride. More than any other strategy, sticking to this principle will have significant downstream advantages for your budget and your journey.
With all the gear required for overlanding, it’s very easy to pack on the pounds. The heavier your ride, the more limitations you’ll have on the trail. A good overland setup is a thoughtful balance of capability and staying lean. Luckily, Sidetrek is here to help you strike that balance.
Let’s Talk Tires
Monster tires are all the rage, but they aren’t necessary or even helpful for many overlanding adventures. Large tires are great for rock crawling and climbing over-sized obstacles, but they can be overkill for your average trails and challenges. Even the Rubicon and Moab can be run on stock or modestly upgraded tires.
Upsized tires come with penalties: decreased fuel efficiency, poor handling, more strain on steering and drive train. And larger tires often require other significant – and costly – upgrades such as gear ratio, axles, suspension, and driveshaft.
The weight and cost of large tires add up quickly. Don’t forget you’ll be lugging FIVE of these puppies around! As an example, five 31″ tires weigh 260lbs and will set you back $829. For 37s the weight is 360lbs, with a whopping pricetag of $2,350!
For most vehicles a +2 tire size jump is all you need. For instance, if you have 31-inch tires, a jump to 33s will serve you well on most trails. If you have 33s, a set of 35s should work just fine.
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